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RATINGS: 1451   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Bottle conditioned.
Caramel and toffee notes abound in this deep copper-colored American Barleywine-style ale alongside toasted malt and a hint of ripe dark fruits. Old Numbskull showcases malt sweetness, intense American hops, and an aggressive bitterness. Extremely well-balanced, the full-bodied mouthfeel and assertive hop profile leads into a deceptively smooth finish. Old Numbskull can be enjoyed now or laid down for years to come.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Bottle sampled at Sunset Grill in Alston Mass. with the Stegosaurus as part of our boston/salem tour. To me it appeared amber with a beige head. Caramel malt is the first smell that grabs your attention. I though the finish was a mild hoppiness. It was smooth. I think steg was slightly dissapointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Starts off sticky sweet, with a whiskey vibe. Then the hops kick in to give it some kick and the malt rounds out the body. Feels smooth on the tongue, almost creamy. 10% ABV isnít too high for a barleywine, but this feels especially potent right now. A tasty barleywine, has even more style than some of its brethren, but I still prefer the Olde School.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
No smell? Why is there no smell to this amber coloured brew with the french vanilla head? Iím scared. The taste is sweet, almost sickly sweet with a sharp hoppy finish. Great maltiness taking place in this one. Hops are prevalent. Not cloying like a number of other barleywines... Not bad, but not the best

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle sampled at the Suset Grill with the Mad Indian. Pours bronze with a one finger thick fizzy off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel malts, and floral hops. The flavor is slightly sweet up-front, alcohol, caramel, and finishes with a sharph bitter hoppy ending. Good brew, i was expecting a little more i guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Redder than most barely wines, nice head and decent lacing. Nose is sweet necter, taste a chewy candy. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Sweet aroma. Pours thick, no head. Alcohol comes through, flavor is a little more subdued than I expected. Good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
750 mL bottle via trade with realale420. Pours ruby-amber with a feeble attempt at some tan fizzy head, edgy, with tiny spots of lace. Aroma is caramel and maple malt (cookie, cereal), yeast (grass, earth), peach and apricot. Moderate bitterness with a gradually increasing acidity, malt and yeast body, caramel and maple, alcohol burn at the end, tart hops. Full bodied and warm, spicy and dry palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2006
aroma is floral hops, caramel malt, whiskey. flavor begins with sweet carmel malt, then resinous hops, and finishes bitter. Incredible balance. palate has a little alcohol on the tip, but is mainly just smooth. Another great brew from Alesmith.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 As long as Iíve been reading this site and drinking some fine beers, itís finally time to review! Letís start off on the good foot. Bottle: The pour looks thick and cloudy before it even hits the glass. Head is minimal, but the small amount of lacing holds through the entire glass. Aroma show signs of that caramelly sweetness, but it seemed ever so slightly hot. Very little hops detected. Flavors ran the gamut here and I detected different things ever sip. THere was prevelant caramelly sweetness, with occasionally dashes of saltiness upfront, and hints of cherries and/or grapefruit mid-sip. The beer felt thick, but not real syrupy. It took a ful 10 seconds for the hop bitterness to show up after swallowing, but they provided a dry bitterness that lingered forever. Ironic that the aroma showed very little piney hop scents. Great beer, best barley wine Iíve had so far.

I hate to do this Old Numby, and my first ever beer review, but I gotta take the score down. Just doesnít seem as good now. The hops taste a little off, maybe a certain staleness to them, and the aroma has some vegetable element to it. Never attractive, even when broccoli smells like itself. Pleasant malt taste for sure, but I remember it not being so subdued; initially I liked the boldness. Still good, but not 4.5 good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Turbid coppery rust with lots of floaties, thin light tan head. Musty nose of brown sugared covered apricots, soft candied pine, hints of peach, tangerine, and booze. Very light chocolate notes emerge after further warming. Rich fruity hop flavors up front include spruce, pine and touches of citrus. Itís very well balanced with a strong sweet toasty caramel malt backbone. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, bittersweet finish. Good stuff, but the OA version is more my cup of tea...

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